Team India will likely be wanting to get their ODI record back on track as they get prepared to host world champions England within the upcoming three-match series in Pune beginning March 23.
India haven’t received a series in 1 yr, 2 months and 4 days with their final victory coming towards Australia in January 2020. Virat Kohli’s aspect was whitewashed 3-0 in New Zealand in February final yr after which they misplaced 2-1 in Australia in November-December.
In between these two defeats, the house series towards South Africa in March was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Indian Test and T20I sides have loved a whole lot of success all through final yr and carried the momentum ahead in 2021. It’s the 50-over format the place they’ve struggled off late and can look to iron out their flaws and get back to successful methods after they take the sphere on the Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium on Tuesday.
India can even look to overturn their latest record towards England, whom they haven’t crushed within the format since July 2018.
The likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant are in sensible type with the bat in white-ball cricket thanks to their performances within the 5 T20Is earlier this month. But they are going to have their job reduce out towards the likes of Mark Wood, Sam and Tom Curran.
The batting lineup of each side are evenly matched with even England boasting of names like Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jason Roy and Eoin Morgan of their arsenal. Fans can anticipate a high-scoring series if the pitches help the batsmen.
RETURN OF SHIKHAR DHAWAN
India’s opening pair of Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan can even be reunited when the ODI series begins in Pune. Dhawan, who performed the primary T20I towards England earlier this month, was in good type with the bat within the 50-over format final yr averaging 58 in 6 matches.
But his inconsistency within the shortest format noticed him lose out on a spot within the enjoying XI with India giving KL Rahul a couple of probabilities earlier than Virat Kohli took up the position. The 35-year-old now will likely be eager to benefit from the format he loves probably the most and show a degree to the staff administration and selectors.
ALL EYES ON THE DEBUTANTS
Team India have 3 new faces of their ODI squad for this series in Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya and Prasidh Krishna. All eyes will likely be on the debutants, particularly on Surya, who performed two essential knocks within the T20Is final week.
Surya averages over 37 in first-class cricket and can look to carry his T20 type into the 50-over video games if and when he will get the possibility to show his mettle. Another participant who will likely be eager to make a mark is Karnataka quick bowler Prasidh Krishna, who averages simply over 23 in List A cricket.
Krishna impressed in his debut Indian Premier League season in 2018 the place he bagged 10 wickets for the Kolkata Knight Riders. He shot to limelight earlier than that when he made his List A debut for Karnataka, choosing 13 wickets within the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17 and adopted it up with 17 within the subsequent yr.
The right-arm pacer may not have a lot expertise on his aspect however he has the pace and abilities to hassle top-level batsmen within the shorter codecs.
ARCHER BLOW FOR ENGLAND
England will likely be ruing the lack of Jofra Archer, who was dominated out of the ODIs on March 21 after his elbow harm deteriorated. Their bowling assault nonetheless packs a punch with the likes of Mark Wood, Sam Curran, Tom Curran and rookie Reece Topley.
But dropping Archer will nonetheless be an enormous blow for the Three Lions, who’re enjoying their first ODI series towards India since July, 2018.
ENGLAND EYE ODI RECORD IMPROVEMENT IN INDIA
England final performed ODIs in India in January 2017 and misplaced 2-1.
England additionally misplaced their final ODI series towards Australia at residence and will likely be wanting to get back to successful methods and enhance their record on this nation the place they’re 16-31 behind within the head-to-head record within the 50-over format.
India additionally lead the general head-to-head record 53-42 with two ties and three no outcomes. But crucially for the guests, they beat India of their final 3 conferences.